By John C. Skipper
In In January 1936, Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson turned constitution participants in an specific membership: the nationwide Baseball corridor of repute in Cooperstown, long island. by way of 2008, the club had grown to 286 participants, together with gamers, managers, coaches, umpires, executives, and pioneers. furthermore, the corridor of repute has famous 32 broadcasters and fifty nine writers with its Frick and Spink awards. This largely up to date and revised version presents crucial details for each person venerated by way of or elected to the corridor of repute, together with the ancient type of 2006, which observed enshrinement of 17 formerly ignored greats from the Negro Leagues and pre-Negro Leagues. each one access comprises biographical details and occupation highlights, in addition to the 12 months of induction or acceptance. Year-by-year information are integrated for the avid gamers, in addition to an inventory of transactions. greater than eighty images are new to the second one variation.
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He was a rolypoly athlete with a peppy personality who was an outstanding defensive catcher and a great handler of pitchers. He had some great offensive years, too, but he was not as consistent as a hitter, mixing in some bad years with the good. In his ten-year career, he played on ﬁve pennant winners — in 1949, 1952, 1953, 1955 and 1956.
Paige said Cool Papa could turn off the lights and be in bed before the room was dark. He also said Bell once hit a ball up the middle and it hit him in the back as he slid into second base. ” Bell played for the St. Louis Stars, the Pittsburgh Crawfords, the Homestead Grays and the Kansas City Stars in the Negro Leagues. Though his talent was unquestionable, he was in his prime about a decade before black players were allowed into the Major Leagues. He was 44 years old when Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947 to become the ﬁrst black Major League ballplayer.
295. Boudreau, who played in 1,207 games as a player-manager, was the last full-time player-manager until Pete Rose played the dual role for the Cincinnati Reds more than 40 years later. He was also an excellent ﬁelder, topping all American League shortstops in ﬁelding in eight out of nine years, beginning in 1940. Boudreau is the only man to play for and manage two professional sports teams. In 1938 and 1939, he played for and coached the Hammond, Indiana, professional basketball team, where one of his teammates was John Wooden, who rose to greatness as coach of the UCLA basketball championship teams of the 1960s and ’70s.
A Biographical Dictionary of the Baseball Hall of Fame, 2d ed. by John C. Skipper